Thursday, January 24, 2019


Pic for effect. Matt peering down 2700m on top of a plateau in Qohaito, Eritrea (July 2007)

I've been feeling scared recently. The enormity of what we are about to take on is sinking in. And I'm nervous as h@%&. Financially, this doesn't really make sense. And really, what is it we're trying to achieve? And how will I not go crazy being in such close quarters with my family 24/7?!!

Can we really homeschool the kids? Like, REALLY?! They barely listen to us when we tell them to put their boots on for the tenth time in the morning!

I'm scared, anxious, unsure and totally worried we have bitten off more than we can chew.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Our Floating Home

Many of you have asked about our boat, details on the specs, and to see more pictures.

So, here you go!

We will be making adjustments, repairs and additions to the below list, but this is what she comes with.

She's an Endeavour 42, built in 1985 and lovingly maintained by several owners, most recently by a young family who embarked on their own family sailing sabbitical a few years ago to the Bahamas from Nova Scotia.

LOA 42' 3' 
LWL 33' 4'
Beam 13' 0'
Draft 5' 0'
Displacement 25,000 lbs
Ballast 9,000 lbs
Mast Height 61' 1-½"
Sail Area 788 sqft 
Rigging Wire Rigging
Berths 6
Heads 2 
Headroom 6' 4"
Auxiliary 85hp Perkins 4-236, fresh water intercooled diesel
Fuel Capacity 100 gallons, 2 new tanks
Fresh Water Capacity 80 gallons
Holding Tank two 15 gallon tanks
Designer Johan Valentijn

• Off white fiberglass hull, off white fiberglass non-skid decks
• Brown cove stripe, brown boot top
• Black bottom with full keel 
New bottom paint 2018 
• Skeg hung rudder
• Bow & stern pulpit, Stern swim ladder.
• Double lifelines with two gates
• Wheel Steering with Emergency tiller
• Four hatches
• Ten opening ports
• Four fixed ports
• Blue dodger new 2015
• Black Bimini top and enclosure
• Dinghy davits and tackle
• Winter cover bars
• Clock
• Barometer
• Custom Steel cradle
• search light 
• Horn 
• Radar Mast and Outboard hoist. 

• Aluminum mast & boom – In mast main furling (Electric)
• mast stepped on keel
• stainless steel standing rigging
• four winches
• two winch handles
• topping lift
• backstay adjuster
• Mainsail w/in-mast electric roller furling
• Harken Furling system with a 135% furling Genoa
• Sails cleaned and re-stiched 2015.
• Custom Dodger built 2015, refurbished 2017
• Self tailing 2 speed Lewmar 55’s (Oversized) winches
• Full Bimini enclosure including aft deck refurbished 2017.

• 70lb Rocna anchor w/200' chain 
• Electric windlass rebuilt 2016
• Dock lines
• fenders, covers and fender boards
• flares
• radar reflector
• life ring
• lifesling and MOB pole
• four fire extinguishers
• boat hook
• Dickinson SeaBQ, Cover 
• cockpit table
Folding cockpit table
Closed cell foam cockpit cushions and 4 ratcheting folding seat back chairs.
Exterior teak refinished 2016 – Cetol Marine 
Transom mounted folding boarding ladder
Pedestal mounted engine controls.

Interior appointments include: 
• beautifully varnished interior with teak & holly cabin sole
• curtains
• fabric upholstery
• faux leather headliner 
• Dickinson Marine Newport propane Fireplace

• Sleeps six (6) ... more if we stick people on the floor and in the cockpit :)
• Large vee berth forward
• Enclosed guest head w/electric toilet, holding tank, Y-valve, sink, hot & cold pressure water, vanity, separate shower stall
• Opposite is a large hanging locker
• The main salon has port & starboard settees with custom made folding dining table, and a Dickinson Marine Newport propane Fireplace
• Aft to starboard is the navigation station

Through the galley is the:
• master suite aft with center-line queen size berth
• storage
• All hanging lockers are cedar lined
• head w/electric toilet 
• holding tank
• hot & cold pressure water, 
• Electric ice maker
• well ventilated with 12V fans in all cabins

• stainless steel sink
• top load icebox
• 12-volt refrigeration w/freezer
• three burner propane stove
• 80 gallon water capacity
• hot & cold pressure water new pump 2016. New Hotwater Tank 2018.
• fresh water foot pump 
• Loads of storage throughout for provisions
• Custom dish holders in cabinets

• Compass at helm
• Standard Horizon VHF/AIS Receiver
• Standard Horizon GPS/Plotter/VHF Integrated with AIS receiver
• Raymarine Plotter/Radar 2015
• Icom SSB Radio with isolated backstay antenna 2015
• Raymarine 6000 hydraulic autopilot integrated into GPS 

• House Battery Bank 900 Amp/hour new 2015 Rolls/Surrette Deep cycle Marine. 
• Starting batteries x2 separate system
• New Charge controller for 150AMP Alternator
• 260W Solar panel with MPPT controller (20Amp input runs the icemaker on a sunny day!)
• Hot water heater(New 2018) run 120V and Engine heat.
• Heart Freedom 1500 Watt Inverter 
• 3.5kw Phaser 3500 generator
• High capacity ~150A alternator 
• 50A battery charger
• 12/110 volt electrical panel w/circuit breakers
• polarity indicator 
• Ammeter
• Voltage Meter
• 240V/120V shore power cord 50’
• lightning ground
• cabin, navigation, spreader, anchor & docking lights

HEADS (toilets)
Forward Head: 
• enclosed guest head w/electric toilet
• holding tank
• Y-valve – with macerator pump (new 2015) for discharge
• sink
• hot & cold pressure water
• vanity
• separate shower stall
Aft Head:
• enclosed head w/electric toilet
• holding tank
• hot & cold pressure water
• vanity & separate shower stall

Original owner’s manuals for engine, generator, all navigation and onboard marine systems
• 1985 Perkins 4-236 85hp inboard fresh water cooled diesel
• cruising speed is 7 knots; maximum speed is 9 knots
• 100 gallon fuel capacity with two new fuel tanks
• oil/water/temp alarm
• raw water filter
• bilge blower
• three bladed fixed propeller 
• New shaft, cutlass bearing and coupler 2016
• Transmission rebuilt 2016

• Multiple Engine/Genset Spares, 
• All window dressings, custom made fitted bedding
• Any rigging spares 
• Operator Manuals 
• All interior and exterior cushions 
• All vessel specific items

Friday, January 04, 2019

New Year. New Beginnings.

Wow, can you believe it's 2019? Every New Year I marvel at another year gone by. Always, there are significant events in the year and lessons learned. But this year certainly takes the cake.

2019 is set up to be one of change, growth, challenges and (hopefully), accomplishments.

We escaped the snow and cruised the Caribbean Islands from New York City. It was the perfect holiday to get away, come together and create new memories.

Wishing everyone a healthy and happy New Year!